Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Occupational Therapy Department: Student Research Poster Presentations

The  Occupational Therapy Department will be hosting student research poster presentations on Wednesday April 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. This event will be held in Room 165 in Clement Hall. Everyone is cordially invited

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tennessee State University Faculty Member Releases New Book, Celebrates With Book Signing & Launch Party

Tennessee State University communications professor Dr. Veronica J. Glass will host a book release celebration for the Nashville community at the Spoken Word CafĂ© on Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. to meet fans of her latest project, Use Your Buckets: Twelve Life Lessons for Success.
Use Your Buckets is a self-help book that doles out lessons Glass learned growing up in a three-room Kentucky house with no indoor plumbing. She encourages and motivates readers to strive for success with simple yet relatable life examples. The quick read reveals insightful, life-changing truths Glass has discovered in her life.
“This book is a product of lessons learned from the time that I was child growing up in little Russellville, Kentucky. Our house was full of buckets. We had to use buckets for everything from storing flour, meal and sugar to carrying water, wood and coal – even for using the bathroom. These things taught me some invaluable life lessons that I want to share with others,” Glass said about penning Use Your Buckets.
“I read Dr. Veronica Glass’s book Use Your Buckets and thoroughly enjoyed it.  She really has a knack for writing, motivating and inspiring!” said David L. Tart, vice president of higher education at Kendall/Hunt Publishing.
Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase at Tuesday’s signing event. Readers may also purchase the book online at Books and promotional materials are available on Glass’s website

Friday, April 16, 2010

Michael Baisden Visits Nashville At TSU

Syndicated radio host Michael Baisden of The Michael Baisden Show made a national bus tour stop in Nashville at Tennessee State University's Kean Hall on Thursday, April 15. Baisden and show co-host George Wilborn motivated an enthused crowd while recruiting mentors for Baisden's One Million Mentors program.

TSU President Melvin N. Johnson presented Michael Baisden and comedian co-host George Wilborn with "I Love TSU" t-shirts.

Baisden posed with student leaders, (l-r) SGA Vice President Sascha Mallicot, Miss Freshman Maya Lipscomb, SGA President Warren Dean, Mr. Tennessee State University-elect Tyler James and Miss Tennessee State University-elect Shawn Montgomery.

More pictures from the event can be found:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The President’s Professional Development Series

The inaugural President’s Professional Development Series was held Wednesday, April 14. "Moving Forward with Intention: Building A Culture of Assessment and Continuous Improvement" was the title of the opening session led by Dr. John Harris, a leading expert on institutional assessment.  Tennessee State University’s leaderships; department heads, program directors, deans, and members of the president's cabinet attended the workshop and discussed working more efficiently as a cross-functioning institution.


L-R, Dr. Peter Nwosu, special assistant to the president for institutional planning; Dr. Melvin N. Johnson, president TSU; Dr. Kathleen McEnerney, interim vice president for academic affairs and Dr. John Harris. More pictures from the session at the link below.

TSU Celebrates Renovation of Grace M. Eaton Childcare Center

Tennessee State University and Grace M. Eaton Childcare Center celebrated the completion of the center's renovation and its re-designation as a three star childcare facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 14. 

Representative Mary Pruitt, Senator Thelma Harper, Representative Brenda Gilmore, Board Chair Janiro Hawkins and the center’s Executive Director Mahalia Howard cut the ceremonial ribbon with children from the center. 

Through the Center for Service Learning, TSU utilized over $200,000 of HUD grant funds to improve the facility of Grace M. Eaton Childcare Center.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TSU Observes Administrative Professionals Week - April 19 – 23

Tennessee State University Staff Senate cordially invites all staff members to attend the 2010 Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon, Wednesday, April 21, 12 - 2 p.m., in the Jane E. Elliott Hall (Women’s Building). 

A donation of $35.00 includes participation in all events planned in observation Administrative Professionals Week, April 19-23. See the complete list of the week-long events below. 

Monday, April 19, 2010                 
Taste of TSU/Patronize Me             
Jane Elliott Hall (Women’s Building)           
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010                  
Floyd Payne Campus Center (Game Room)
8 a.m.  – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010           
Lunch @ 12:00 p.m.                       
Jane Elliott Hall (Women’s Building)        
10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Thursday, April 22, 2010                   
“This is How We Do It”               
Harold M. Love Learning Resource Center (LRC Building, 3rd Floor)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 23, 2010 
Howard C. Gentry Complex
1 – 4:30 p.m.


TSU’s College of Health Sciences Establishes New Master’s Program

College Impacts Healthcare in Middle Tennessee by Prepping Students for the Industry

Recognizing the healthcare issues of Middle Tennessee, the College of Health Sciences at Tennessee State University’ has taken a giant step toward contributing to the industry’s professional needs by establishing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program.

The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and will also seek professional accreditation through the Council for Public Health (CEPH).

“The goal of the MPH program at TSU is to train entry-level public health practitioners as well as managers who serve in senior-level positions in the public and non-profit sectors,” said Dr. Mohamed Kanu, the program’s interim director.

“We know it will reach a vast group of students and professionals and will have a positive impact on the State by helping to improve the health of Tennesseans and the quality of life of both urban and rural populations within the state.”

The 42-credit program offers two tracks, Behavioral Science and Cultural Competency, to expose students to various public health competencies including epidemiology, health administration, behavioral science, health education, biostatistics and public policy. There will be evening, weekend and online courses available for working professionals and non-traditional students.

Kanu hopes the program will attract local healthcare professionals to TSU and prepare graduates to be healthcare practitioners, advocates, researchers and educators.

“Nashville provides a unique niche in the national healthcare industry as home to more than 30 major healthcare companies that own or operate nearly half of the investor-owned hospitals in the United States. Establishing this degree programs will not only enhance the knowledge of students but also provide opportunities for practicing professionals to sharpen their skills,” Kanu added.

Applications are currently being accepted through July. For more information about the Master of Public Health degree program at TSU, contact Dr. Mohamed Kanu at 615.963.7326.

TSU Partners for Rededication of Grace Eaton Childcare Center to Celebrate National Week of the Young Child

The Tennessee State University Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement has partnered with the Grace M. Eaton Childcare Center for a rededication ceremony.
Guest speakers are to include Melvin N. Johnson, Tennessee State University President; Gina Lodge, TN Department of Human Services Commissioner; Erica Gilmore, Metro Councilmember District 19; Thelma Harper, State Senator, District 19; Mary Pruitt, State Representative, District 58; Janiro Hawkins, Grace M. Eaton Childcare Board Chair; and Steve Horrell, Rotary Club of Nashville President.

Utilizing grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the TSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement contributed more than $200,000 towards renovations of the Grace M. Eaton Childcare Center that will help re-establish the center’s re-designation as a three-star childcare facility.

Additionally, through service learning projects, TSU students in occupational therapy, speech pathology and early childhood education had the opportunity to serve children and teachers at Grace Eaton.

The event is held in observation of “The Week of the Young Child” designated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, April 11-17.   

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 8 – 9 a.m.

Grace M. Eaton Childcare
1708 Pearl Street
Nashville, TN 37203


Monday, April 12, 2010

TSU hosts 10th annual Multicultural Spring Celebration

The Tennessee State University Office of International Business Programs will sponsor its annual Multicultural Spring Celebration. Hosted by the Multicultural Friendship Society (MCFS), this marks 10 years for the celebration aimed at strengthening the interaction among international and U.S. students, faculty, and the local community. Special guests include Jonathan Camcam and his Festival of the Nations.

The Multicultural Spring Celebration will feature ethnic cuisine and entertainment by TSU students and various Nashville community members.

This year’s spring celebration will include the following: 
  • An exotic variety of ethnic cuisine from around the world.            (Chinese, African, Thai, Indian, Jamaican, and Kurdish)
  • An International Fashion Show featuring cultures from such as South Africa, Nigeria, Jamaica, India, Mexico and China and others.
  • Cultural performances provided by representatives of TSU student/faculty organizations (Desiree Spain, Alpha Steppers, the Kurdish American Youth Organization and the Nashville Chinese Culture Club; local musicians (Levan Lortipanidza, a Georgian musician with a Delta Blues group); Glencliff High School students; and local community groups
  • Displays of local business, educational, and cultural organizations such as immigrant chambers of commerce.         

For more information, contact the TSU Office of International Business Programs at 963-7321 or 963-7154.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 12 – 3 p.m.

Tennessee State University Kean Hall

Thursday, April 8, 2010

TSU Student Leaders Organize Prayer Service For Injured Peer

Tennessee State University student leaders organized a noontime April 7 prayer service for peer Blake Nathan, who is in stable condition and is recovering from a near-fatal April 6 shooting at the Atlantis entertainment venue in downtown Nashville. Nathan was hosting a campaign party during his bid for SGA Vice President.

The vigil and prayer hour convened in the Laura M. Averitte Amphitheater on the main campus. Danny Glover, a senior history major from Macon, Ga. and SGA president candidate, presided over the hour-long gathering.

Glover addresses the gathering of more than 200 students.

 Min. Darryl Taliaferro, college ministry director for the Mount Zion Baptist Church,
delivers words of encouragement to students before leading them all in prayer.

Students raised clasped hands during the singing of the University's Alma Mater.

Summer Programs for all ages at Tennessee State University

The 2009-10 academic year has marked an exciting time for Tennessee State University. The University hopes to continue this trend as it will once again host several summer programs during the months of June, July and August. A number of new academic, athletic, and musical programs have been added to the University’s annual listing.

This year’s programs include: 

Prospect Camp: High School juniors and seniors, June 5, 12 noon-5:30pm, Cost: $20.00

TSU Lil Tiger Camp:  For ages 7-14, June 7-10, 2010, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Cost: $135.00
The program is designed to provide participants (ages 7-14) with opportunities to develop and improve their football skills in a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere. The program encourages each participant to develop new skills and achieve a new level of playing and self-confidence. Lunch will be provided each day.

O-Line/D-Line Camp: For students grade 9-12, June 12, 9 a.m.-until, Cost: $10.00
The program is designed to provide participants in grades 9 – 12 with opportunities to develop and improve their football skills in a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Coaches, staff, former NFL players and former Tiger football athletes, will be on hand to instruct participants in fundamentals and technique training. The program encourages each participant to develop new skills and achieve a new level of playing and self-confidence

Music City Shoot-Out 7 on 7: June 12, 9 a.m.-until, Cost: $120.00 per team

Primary Contact for Athletics Camps: Natasha Plant 615-963-7562


Summer Apprenticeship Program: July 12-August 13, Cost: Free
Primary Contact:  Will Nesby, 615-963-5442.

The primary purpose of The Summer Apprenticeship Program is to stimulate interest in careers related to agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences, cooperative extension and agricultural research.    Selected high school juniors and seniors will work and study with members of The School’s faculty, research scientists, and extension personnel and be assigned a  project, with stages to include data collection, analysis, presentations and discussion of facts and conclusions. Program participants will be provided campus room and board and a $1000.00 stipend – payable in two $500.00 installments.


The Community Academy of Music and Arts
The Community Academy of Music & Arts, or [CAMA] Camps will be held in the Performing Arts Center.  The Early Childhood Music Program is held at the Avon Williams Campus

Registration forms can be found in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center or at
Contact: Ms. Christa Williams-CAMA Director at, 615-963-5356 for more info.

Private Instrumental Instruction:  All ages, May 24-Aug. 14, 8 weeks of one ½ hour lesson per week, Cost: $160.00/semester

Safari Arts Day Camp: For ages 4-17, June 7-11, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri. with a Fri. 5:30 p.m. Concert, Cost: $150.00

A one week/five day summer program for children to experience our African Arts Heritage through music, dance, drama, visual and literary arts with a final performance and show for parents, relatives and friends.   Students will move from one class to the next in age appropriate smaller sessions with breaks for lunch, snacks, games and play. Classes include African rhythm and dance, Orff activities, children’s choir, arts and crafts, African stories and authors, creative writing, and improvisational acting.

Beginners Class Piano: For ages 12-17 June 14 – Aug. 2, Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Cost: $100.00 for 8 weeks, rm. 283

Each student will sit at a standard piano in a class setting and learn to read and understand basic music concepts and piano skills.  Group piano allows for piano ensembles and the fun of playing together.

Class Piano Level II: For ages 12-17- June 14 – Aug. 2, Mondays, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Cost: $100.00 for 8 weeks, rm. 283
Piano for Pleasure: For Adults- June 16 – Aug 4, Wednesdays, 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Cost: $100.00, for 8 weeks, rm. 283

Have you always wanted to play the piano?   Now is your chance to try it out for 8 weeks as a beginner.  Class piano is even more fun than private lessons.   No, you won’t have to play solos in front of others.  Each student will sit at a standard piano in a class setting and use head phones to listen to one’s self and to play for the instructor.  However, class piano does allow for the fun of duets, playing together and meeting others.

Piano Class for Adults- Level II: June 14 – Aug.  2, Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Cost: $100.00 for 8 weeks, rm. 283.

Community Academy Boy’s Choir: Ages 9 – 18, Dates TBA, Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:15, Cost: $60.00 for summer semester.

Vocal Camp: For Ages 14 -18, May 31- June 4, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Cost: $175.00 includes lunch.

Singers will participate in group workshops, master classes, and private voice lessons with TSU faculty members Mrs. Hannah Baisley and Mrs. Maureen McCaffrey.  Students will be instructed in vocal repertoire and styles appropriate to their age and ability.  Students will learn skills for auditioning, and basic music theory, music history and piano skills in addition to their vocal training, tour the TSU Campus, dine together in the TSU Cafeteria, and close the week with a Student Performance for family and friends on Friday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m.  Students must register and pay for this event by May 1, 2010 and be recommended by a private voice instructor or school music teacher. 

The Gordon Natural Approach to Music Learning: Infants through 4 years, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, Instructor:  Ms. Charlyna Hamilton. Saturdays, May 29 – Aug 7, Cost: $155.00 for 10 weeks.

Free Demonstration Class:  May 22, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. (for parents and children)
Avon Williams Campus (Downtown) Childcare Center Room 286, 330 10th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37203
Speech Pathology and Audiology Summer Speech Camp: 
Ages 5-14. Scheduled diagnostics are June 2-June 4. Camp intervention dates are June 7-July 9, Cost: Free
Location: Avon Williams Campus Speech Pathology Suite A
Primary contact: Tyese Hunter, M.Ed., CCC-SLP 615-963-7010
Secondary contact: LeJeun Watson 615-963-7072

Speech Pathology and Audiology will provide intensive therapeutic intervention focusing on Articulation, Fluency and Language for qualified applicants. There is no cost. Persons interested must download an application from our website and submit it along with any prior diagnostic assessment reports, IEP’s and other pertinent data, postmarked on or before April 30, 2010.  We appreciate your interest in our program. Applications can be downloaded from our website at

Science And Technology
NASA SEMAA Program (Roster currently full): 160 1-8 graders. Primary Contact: 615-963-7631
Elementary School Program, Grades: 1- 4, June 14 -18, Lawson Hall
Middle School Program, Grades: 5 - 8, June 21-25, Lawson Hall 
Link for information on SEMAA program at TSU:
Link for information on national SEMAA program: 

The NASA SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) is an innovative, national project designed to increase the participation and retention of historically underrepresented youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The NASA SEMAA summer program utilizes a series of unique hands-on, inquiry-based classroom curriculum enhancement activities focused on NASA’s research and technology in aeronautics, space exploration and science. Students participate in the summer three hours per day for one week. The roster for the 2010 summer is now full.

Rising 10th – 12th grade students (at least 2.8 high school GPA) June 6 – July 9, Cost: $100.00
Primary Contact: Montanez Wade, 615 963-5366,
ECI is a five-week residential summer program for high school graduates majoring in an engineering discipline.  The students will participate in enrichment and preparatory coursework in physics, chemistry, and mathematics to introduce them to the discipline of engineering.  Students will be exposed to basic scientific and engineering principals through projects, industry tours, coursework and other experiential learning activities to increase their familiarity with engineering and the collegiate environment at Tennessee State University.  All participants must complete a summer project, and may receive credit for selected courses in the engineering curricula. $10.00 APPLICATION FEE.

Summer Transportation Institute (STI): 
Rising 10th – 12th grade students (at least 2.7 high school GPA) June 6 – July 2, Cost: $100.00
Primary Contact: Montanez Wade, 615 963-5366,

STI is a four-week residential program that introduces high school students to the transportation industry.  The students will participate in enrichment and preparatory coursework in physics, mathematics and computing to introduce them to the discipline of engineering. Each week will cover a different aspect of transportation (AIR, LAND and SEA).  Activities for summer 2010 will include hands-on labs, field trips and presentations by various employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). $10.00 APPLICATION FEE.

Pre-Engineering Program to Stimulate Interests in Engineering (PEPSIE): 
Rising 10th – 12th grade students (at least 2.7 high school GPA) July 18 – July 30, Cost: $100.00
Primary Contact: Kevin Williams, 615 963-5879,

PEPSIE is a two-week residential summer program for students, grades 10-12, to expose and introduce them to the discipline of engineering.  The program will focus on hands-on projects, including product design, manufacturing, robotics and aeronautics.  All students will also participate in refresher activities to promote and enhance learning skills and knowledge in mathematics and physics, and conclude with a final project. $10.00 APPLICATION FEE
All Engineering programs will be hosted in the Andrew P. Torrence Building
For additional information regarding Engineering camps visit:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

TSU President Melvin N. Johnson's Letter About Blake Nathan

TSU President Melvin N. Johnson wrote an open letter to the campus community regarding TSU student Blake Nathan, who was shot in an non-campus related incident at a downtown entertainment venue on Tuesday, April 6. To view the letter, click on the image below:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Highlights from Food, Agricultural and Consumer Sciences Week

Mike Hart, National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) representative from Murfreesboro, was one of the morning speakers at Food, Agricultural and Consumer Sciences Week at the TSU School of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences. Hart spoke to Christy Gibson and Zong Liu, both second year graduate students, after his lecture on career opportunities with the USDA/NRCS.  This year’s theme is “Transforming the Agricultural Environment and Changing Lives.”  

Activities for the week continue through Friday, April 9.

TSU Names Interim Director of Equity, Diversity and Compliance

Tennessee State University has appointed Dr. Tracey B. Carter as interim director of the University’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance (EDC). In this interim position, she will serve as the University’s chief diversity officer, oversee equal opportunity and affirmative action programs, serve as Title 6 and Title 9 coordinator, serve as TSU’s Section 504 co-coordinator, and investigate allegations of discrimination. She will assume this role on April 12 replacing Sandra Keith, who has accepted a position with Vanderbilt University.

Carter received a bachelor of arts degree in paralegal studies with a minor in business administration from Virginia Intermont College, where she was named Class Valedictorian in 1994.  Later, she received a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1997, where she made Dean’s List four out of six semesters. She continued academic excellence at TSU, where she received a master of public administration degree in 2005 and a doctor of education degree in administration and supervision with a concentration in higher education administration in 2009.

“I consider it a challenge to take on the responsibilities of this interim position. I am willing to take on such an important role for TSU,” said Carter who previously held positions as assistant director and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action specialist in TSU’s EDC Office and who serves as an adjunct graduate faculty member at TSU.

“During my 10 years in TSU’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance, I have always served with dignity, professionalism and excellence, and now I have been asked by President Johnson to assume the position of interim director, which I have accepted,” she added. Carter will also direct TSU President’s Fellows Program, serve as a member of the University’s human resources committee and serve on TSU’s academic interdisciplinary committee on access and diversity.
Prior to coming to TSU in 2000, Carter was an assistant attorney general in the Consumer Protection Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, responsible for investigating all complaints regarding the unauthorized practice of law in the state of Tennessee. She has previously served as a judicial law clerk for retired Judge Marietta Shipley in the Davidson County Second Circuit Court, law clerk for the General Civil Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, as well as a summer associate for the law firms of Neal & Harwell in Nashville and Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell in Knoxville. Additionally, she worked as a paralegal specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., and as litigation paralegal for Penn, Stuart, Eskridge & Jones in Abingdon, Va.            

Carter has been actively involved both within the Nashville community and at TSU. She is a former member of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women’s Greater Nashville Development District Advisory Council and served as the 2007-2008 president of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET). She is currently a member of CABLE, the Circle of Sisters Society supporting TSU’s Women’s Center, TSU’s Staff Senate Executive Committee, and Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Her numerous honors and awards include Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, Who’s Who: American Law Students, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, Nashville ATHENA Award nominee, Harry S. Truman $30,000 National Scholar, and Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Maxine Smith Fellow.